Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Record slips through Belfast Giants' hands

On target: Colin Shields struck early for the Belfast Giants

Sheffield Steelers 4 Belfast Giants 4 (Sheffield win 1-0 on penalty shots): The 2013-14 Belfast Giants have fallen short of setting a new record for successive league victories – despite never being behind in their penalty shoot-out defeat to the Sheffield Steelers.

Friday night's thrilling comeback victory over the Cardiff Devils equalled a club record of 16 straight league wins for the newly crowned Elite League champions and while that is now over, Paul Adey's team still hasn't lost in regulation time for 29 games.

The Giants led 2-1 at the end of the first period, with Colin Shields and Robby Sandrock scoring, either side of an equaliser from former Giant Robert Dowd.

Shields was on target again 41 seconds into the second period and the Giants looked like they had the game won when Kevin Saurette made it 4-1 just seconds before the midway point.

The Giants penalty kill had been doing their job perfectly until Sandrock was punished for holding at 32:01 and just 43 seconds later, Drew Fata pulled a goal back for Sheffield on a power play.

Jeff Legue then struck twice inside four minutes to take the game to overtime.

The Giants had the better of the five extra minutes, but couldn't find a goal.

Dustin Whitecotton missed the Giants first penalty and when Chris Blight scored, he put the Steelers in the driving seat from then on.

Craig Peacock and Maxime Lacroix both failed to score in round two and when Sandrock missed the Giants third, penalty the game was over.

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